Re: [PATCH] cgroup: Fixes the un-paired cgroup lock problem

From: Li Zefan
Date: Thu Nov 05 2009 - 03:03:33 EST

Bill Davidsen wrote:
> Li Zefan wrote:
>> Liu Aleaxander wrote:
>>> From: Liu Aleaxander <Aleaxander@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> Date: Wed, 4 Nov 2009 09:27:06 +0800
>>> Subject: [PATCH] Fixes the un-paired cgroup lock problem
>>> In cgroup_lock_live_group, it locks the cgroup by mutex_lock, while
>>> in the
>>> cgroup_tasks_write, it unlock it by cgroup_unlock. Even though they are
>>> equal, but I do think we should make it pair.
>>> BTW, should we replace others with cgroup_lock and cgroup_unlock?
>>> Since we already have a wrapper one and it's meaningful.
>> Before I read the email body, I thought there is a bug where
>> there is a lock without unlock or vise versa.
>> I agree the case here can be called "unpaired", but I'm not
>> convinced this patch is needed. The code is not buggy or
>> confusing. So the patch neither fixes a bug nor make the code
>> more readable.
> I would say it fixes a bug, the one that would be introduced when the
> two methods are no longer compatible and essentially two names for the
> same thing. And while you may know the code so well that you knew
> without looking that this was (currently) okay, there will be lots of
> eyes on this code over the years, I think most people would find use of
> cgroup_lock to lock the cgroup a LOT more readable.
> While you can't go back in time to murder your grandfather, it creates
> no paradox to fix a bug before someone writes it.

cgroup_lock() is not necessarily more readable than mutex_lock(&cgroup_mutex),
at least the former doesn't tell you the lock is a spin_lock or a mutex.

In fact, Ingo showed his distaste towards cgroup_lock():

And I won't worry about the issue you mentioned above. If It does
happen, the one, who makes the 2 mehtods no long compatible, will
definitely find out all the places where cgroup_mutex is used and
make proper change.

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